for Hope Homeless Transformational Center – Women’s/Family Residence|
203 E. Jones Avenue, Ste. 104
San Antonio, TX 78215
114 East Cevallos
San Antonio, TX 78204
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Date Bid: June 2008 Construction Period: Aug 2008 to July
Total Square Feet: 60,182 Site: 9.333 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 20,338; second floor, 19,922; third
floor, 19,922; total, 60,182 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 12’; second floor, 16’; third
floor, 11’; penthouse, 10’; total, 39’; 49’ at elevator/mechanical
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: CMU, brick. Roof: Membrane. Floors:
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.
Structural Engineer: JQ - 125 Sunset Road, San Antonio, TX 78209
General Contractor: Zachry Corporation - 12625 Wetmore Road,
#301, San Antonio, TX 78247
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Blum Consulting Engineers, Inc.
- 8144 Walnut Hill Lane, #200, Dallas, TX 75231
Landscape Architect: Bender Wells Clark Design - 830 N. Alamo
Street, San Antonio, TX 78215
Lack of community support for de-institutionalized people with chronic
mental illness; poverty; and reduction of public benefits to the elderly
and disabled are but a few of the prevalent nationwide issues that
contribute to the root cause of homelessness. Determined to change the
plight of its homeless population, the City of San Antonio provides a
comprehensive “campus of transformation,” which addresses and treats all
of these causes. Through a joint partnership between the City, County,
and both non-profit and private organizations, the most comprehensive
homeless campus in America opened its doors to San Antonio’s homeless
population in 2010.
The project stakeholders’ goal was to transform the lives of the City’s
homeless and members of the surrounding community through a homeless
shelter campus that would allow for expansion of existing programs and
the development of new ones in the future. Elements of the design
process included researching and evaluating more than 200 homeless
facilities across the nation; benchmarking and analyzing best practices
with participation of the stakeholders; and closely examining the City’s
existing programs for success and/or failures. Architects and
stakeholders also held collaborative design charrettes and project
progress meetings with service providers, interest groups, law
enforcement, and surrounding neighborhood associations. The campus
applies sustainable design practices through the reuse of previously
abandoned warehouses and the revitalization of a derelict portion of
downtown San Antonio. The most important sustainability result, however,
is how it positively affects the City and each of its residents.
Haven for Hope, is a 37-acre homeless transformational campus located
near downtown San Antonio. The $60 million project includes 15 buildings
of approximately 300,000 square feet of total space, with 998 beds and
the capacity to sleep an additional 500+ individuals in the courtyard.
It is the largest and most comprehensive homeless facility in the United
States and houses more than 78 San Antonio based non-profits and
Located adjacent to San Antonio’s Central Business District, Haven for
Hope combines 140,000 square feet of abandoned warehouse space with
160,000 square feet of new construction. Instead of a jail like
structure with four walls surrounding the campus keeping the homeless in
and the community out, Haven was designed to be an open, integrated and
welcoming facility. Ample public courtyards between the buildings serve
as important gathering spaces that allow members to redevelop social
skills and create meaningful relationships. Spaces within the campus
include classrooms and conference rooms, a library and learning center,
mail center, barbershop, exercise and recreational areas, a chapel, a
childcare center with an after-school program, and even a pet shelter
service center with a seeing-eye dog-training program.
Designed to unify a wide array of organizations and services for the
homeless within one campus setting, the campus provides a welcoming
environment to treat all types of homeless individuals. It addresses the
concerns of the City’s neediest citizens in a compassionate, caring, and
dignified way; it has brought together the City’s community through
volunteer opportunities; and it has become a source of pride for the
As a result of this state-of-the-art facility, City-based agencies such
as University Health Systems and the Center for Health Care Services
have become intimately involved in the operations, and volunteers are an
integral part of the campus. With a building and staff dedicated to
training volunteers, the campus offers many opportunities for community
involvement. It “has turned a formerly blighted area into an epicenter
of promise and opportunity.” With visitors from over 200 cities across
the nation and as far as Australia and the United Kingdom, it is quickly
becoming recognized as a new national model for homeless
transformational centers: it sets a new standard for homeless shelters
by offering “guests” and “members” a transitional program designed to
help with reentrance into society; applicable life skills and job
training opportunities; and the ability for the homeless to reacquire a
sense of positive personal identity.